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Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

Park’s diverse community enables all students to have the transformational experience of interacting with peers and adults who have varied perspectives and come from different backgrounds.

At Park, diversity is valued, varied personal qualities, talents, and learning styles are appreciated, and the lives of all are enriched by the shared experience. We seek students and teachers with a variety of backgrounds and talents. We work to build a strong sense of community among people from many different cultural heritages, races, family configurations, financial means, and life experiences. Individual strengths and learning styles are actively affirmed in each classroom. Students learn to think critically and to respect differing viewpoints. Through our curriculum and special events, we celebrate many cultural traditions and diverse perspectives. Just as important, we emphasize our common ground and the shared values of life at Park and in the world beyond. By promoting cultural competency across grade levels through age-appropriate activities and exercises, we cultivate academic, social, and emotional growth to prepare students to be responsible citizens of the world.

At Park, we stimulate children’s character development in a community that values trust, honesty, fairness, cooperation, and sensitivity. We teach students to reach outside themselves, to be inclusive, and to respect the dignity of others. In an increasingly complex world, Park strives to maintain and reinforce these core values.

At Park, we are committed to centering diversity, equity, and inclusion in all aspects of our school community. Our “aspirations” serve as a reminder that our work is ever evolving, challenging, and has no finish line. We strive to be a community of lifelong learners who actively engage in the exploration of the humanity of all people, and to be kind, compassionate, joyful global citizens. As Director of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion, it is my mission to support all members of the Park family in being seen, heard, and valued for all of their identities.  

Connie Yepez
Director of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

Philosophy of Multicultural Education at Park

Multicultural education at Park means nurturing a belief in the dignity of each individual and teaching children to understand diverse perspectives, the importance of historical viewpoint, and the existence of individual and group bias. Students learn to question and critique the variety of beliefs and interpretations they encounter within the curriculum, the School, and the wider community. Park prepares students to participate responsibly as citizens of a global community that struggles with issues of truth, justice, and equality.

Diversity Beliefs and Aspirations

At Park, we are guided by the belief that a diverse community is a necessary component of an excellent education. Of equal importance, we are committed to offering a curriculum that exposes children to a range of cultures and to multiple perspectives on the human experience. Our fundamental goal is to create and maintain an inclusive learning environment evidenced by:

  • A commitment to academic achievement for all students
  • Respect for the dignity of each individual
  • Open, non-judgmental communication
  • Freedom to take risks, to learn from mistakes, and to grow

All children and adults at Park should feel that important aspects of their individual identity can be comfortably shared here and that their unique stories can be fully heard. At the same time, members of our community should learn to appreciate our interdependence and to make connections with a broad range of others. We believe that being a diverse community is a journey that requires constant attention, at times involving moments of confusion, misunderstanding, or disconnection. Therefore, we dedicate ourselves to openly confronting discord and working through it when it arises.

To be effective in this work, we believe that the adults in the community (faculty, staff, and parents) must be engaged in an ongoing examination of our individual and collective assumptions and biases.

By welcoming and celebrating a variety of backgrounds and perspectives, Park becomes a stronger and wiser school community. Our diversity beliefs and aspirations are central to every aspect of daily school life who we are, what/how we teach, how we behave, and what we are committed to having our students learn here.

44%

students of color

23%

of students receive financial aid
($3.7 million in grants)

37%

of families have 1+ parent born outside the US

Non-Discrimination Notice

In accordance with the requirements of Title III of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, as amended, The Park School will not discriminate against any individual on the basis of disability, including but not limited to its application process and admissions decisions. The Park School will not impose or apply eligibility criteria that screen out or tend to screen out individuals with disabilities from fully and equally enjoying any of its goods, services, facilities, privileges, advantages, or accommodations, unless such criteria can be shown to be necessary for the provision of the those benefits being offered. The Park School will make reasonable modifications to its policies, practices, or procedures when such modifications are necessary to access its goods, services, facilities, privileges, advantages, or accommodations to individuals with disabilities, unless the modifications would constitute a fundamental alteration.